STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK AGAINST PUBLISHER-EDITOR LEMUEL FERNANDEZ

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES – ILOILO (NUJP Iloilo)
January 27, 2010

STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK AGAINST PUBLISHER-EDITOR LEMUEL FERNANDEZ
The NUJP -Iloilo Chapter strongly condemns the attack against Mr. Lemuel Fernandez, publisher-editor of the Western Visayas The Daily Guardian in Iloilo City on the evening of January 26.
The NUJP  likewise calls on concerned authorities, especially the Philippine National Police (PNP),  to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident even as it also encourages members of the tri-media to be always on guard and put  personal safety above all other priorities.
The failure on the part of concerned authorities to take appropriate action on the matter may cause a chilling effect to other media colleagues who are regarded as defenders of press freedom.
Let us not allow the perception that society today is getting harsh and lawlessness is creeping in our midst.
The organization also extends sympathy to Mr. Fernandez who sustained a deep cut at the back of his head after he was assaulted by a still an unidentified suspect.
Mr. Fernandez was about to board his vehicle parked in front of their office along M.H. Del Pilar Street in Molo district when the assailant struck him on the head.
Bert Ladera
Chairman
NUJP-Iloilo


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